Age really is just a number. Follow Greenix simple lifestyle habits can help fight the signs of aging to keep you looking and feeling young
GET MORE SLEEP
Sleep is when our body does its healing and repairing. Enough sleep is essential for both deep and superficial repairs, meaning everything from regenerating adrenal glands to healing that pimple on your chin. Without enough sleep our immune systems are weaker. How much should you be getting? At least eight hours.
GO OUTSIDE – AVOID POLLUTION
We get caught in this cycle where we go underground to a parking garage and go to work and go work out in a gym and we’re failing to get a breath of proper air.
Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine – and if you must stay indoors, at least crack a window.
Airborne toxins are one cause of health problems, including accelerated aging – but indoor pollution can be just as bad as outdoor, if not worse. So get out of the house, and if possible, choose less-trafficked streets and tree-filled parks to roam in, as they’ve got lower levels of airborne pollutants.
APPLY SPF EVERYDAY
Dermatologists always preach about wearing sunscreen every single day to protect against skin cancer, but slathering on the SPF is also the most effective tool in your anti-aging arsenal. A 2013 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who applied SPF three or four days a week were less likely to suffer from skin aging compared to those who applied it at their discretion after a 4.5-year follow-up.
USE LOTION ON YOUR HANDS
The skin on the backs of your hands is very thin, which makes it prone to accelerated aging compared to the rest of your body. And when dry air saps moisture from skin, your hands look even older than they should. Using lotion helps; pick one that contains sunscreen, suggests Dr. Fusco: “It will greatly reduce sun damage, which appears as brown spots and wrinkles.
MOVE MORE, BUT DON’T OVERDO
Exercise helps prevent aging, but higher amounts of moderate exercise is best, rather than infrequent high-intensity bursts, which put stress on the body. Less intense exercise more frequently is better for the long run.
HYDRATE, AND DRINK LESS CAFFEINE & ALCOHOL
If our skin cells are dehydrated, they get more wrinkly. Drinking enough water is a given – you shouldn’t be feeling thirsty – but also eating lots of water-rich foods, which means fresh fruits and vegetables. Both coffee and alcohol are dehydrating and aging, and recommends limiting consumption.
Leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses, recommending that you eat “as much as you can handle.
Aging is caused or contributed to by circulating free radicals in our body and can be countered with eating high antioxidant value foods. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, including berries, nuts such as walnuts and pumpkinseeds and spices like turmeric, cinnamon and oregano.
WATCH SODIUM INTAKE
Eating salty foods can make you retain water, resulting in a puffy look, especially in the area below the eyes.
EAT HIGH PROTEIN FOODS
When you want hair that looks healthy, you’ve got to start at the basics, and that means eating an adequate amount of protein to maintain normal hair production. The nutrient serves as the building block of strong hair.
HANDLE STRESS HEAD-ON
Stress not only makes you freak out on the inside, it shows on the outside. It shores up inflammatory processes in skin that can exacerbate conditions like psoriasis, acne, and eczema, says a report in the journal Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery.